Josh Billings

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“Vote early and vote often” is the Politishun’s golden rule. Voters, Voting & Elections
If you do not know how to lie, cheat and steal, turn your attention to politics and learn. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Most people when they come after you for advice come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected. Human Nature
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug. Happiness & Unhappiness
A puppy plays with every pup he meets, but an old dog has few associates.
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. Hope
About the only difference between the poor and the rich, is this, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it.
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family, she has a good right to them. Families, Children & Parenting
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Truth
Be kind to your mother-in-law, but pay for her board at some good hotel.
Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven; confess them to man and you will be laughed at.
Don't ever prophesy; for if you prophesy wrong, nobody will forget it; and if you prophesy right, nobody will remember it.
Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies, and get dollars in return.
Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got. Humor
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed. Humor
Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time. Time
I have never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.
I haven't got as much money as some folks, but I've got as much impudence as any of them, and that's the next thing to money. Money, Coins & Minting
I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.
If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety. Religion & God
If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time. Time ;Happiness & Unhappiness
It ain't often that a man's reputation outlasts his money. Money, Coins & Minting
It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.
It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit.
It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash. Religion & God
It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.
Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Money, Coins & Minting
Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. Life
Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined. Life
Love is said to be blind, but I know some fellows in love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man was created a little lower than the angels and has been getting a little lower ever since.
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
Men mourn for what they have lost; women for what they ain't got. Women
Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail. Money, Coins & Minting
Most people repent their sins by thanking God they ain't so wicked as their neighbors. Religion & God
Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.
No one can disgrace us but ourselves.
Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
One of the rarest things that a man ever does, is to do the best he can.
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
Remember the poor, it costs nothing.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn't be any fun living in it, or profit.
The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord that it ain't gout.
The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust. Time
The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.
The man whose only pleasure in life is making money, weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
The road to ruin is always in good repair, and the travellers pay the expense of it.
The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so.
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. Humor
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.
There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying. Truth
There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.
There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins. Life
There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together. Power ;Humor
There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb. Time
Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. Travel
When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.
Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something.
Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words.